nvidia 8600gt v ati x1950 pro

  VNAM75 12:11 16 Dec 07
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I need a graphics upgrade (from 6600gt). Medieval 2 total war is struggling with this card.

I have a 480w tagan psu and an amd 3800 cpu. The x1950 is £10 more (£77) but has 512mb memory compared to the 8600gt's 256mb.

What is the performance difference between the 2?

8600gt
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X1950 pro
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Which is better for overclocking?

  gudgulf 12:49 16 Dec 07

Use this site to compare the cards you are interested in against each other and also against the card you already have.

click here

Just select the cards from the dropdown menu and pick the benchmark you want.

My impression is that the 1950pro outperforms the 8600gt by a large margin.It doesn,t have the DirectX 10 support of the 8600gt but that doesn,t really matter as the 860 is way underpowered for DirectX 10 games.

  Colin 12:54 16 Dec 07

The main difference is that the X1950PRO has 256 bit memory, whereas the 8600GT only has 128 bit.This makes a big difference to performance and the extra 256MB of memory on the X1950PRO does, too, depending on ther games you play. I would recommend the X1950PRO. I can't comment on overclocking, but I have an X1800XT 512MB overclocked using ATI's supplied Overdrive overclocking facility and it runs very well.

  VNAM75 13:03 16 Dec 07

Thanks for the link and advice. I was going for the 8600gt but will now get the x1950 pro. £10 extra for double memory and 256 bit memory.

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